Plant Highlights By Date
Although its native habitat is not in the winter-rainfall area, F. candida can be grown outdoors in our part of California provided it is given sharp drainage and occasional water during the summer months.
Depending on the clone and the growing conditions, plants may be green, red, purple, or almost black, and the leaves can vary from short and almost round to lemon-shaped or more elongated.
As with other species of Hesperaloe, H. tenuifolia has a long flowering period, beginning in the spring and continuing on through to the fall.
Gymnocalycium schickendantzii ssp. delaetii is summer-blooming, with flowers emerging mainly in December and January in its native habitat in Argentina.
The species is a relatively recent discovery, named in 2000 by an English woman named Sheila Collenette, who spent years recording the flora of Saudi Arabia.
Notocactus herteri ssp. roseoluteus flowers in late spring, beginning at the Ruth Bancroft in April or May, and ending in June.
The genus Echeveria is a large plant originating in Mexico.There are several related smaller groups of plants, one of these is the genus Graptopetalum.\
Thelocactus is not a large genus and is native to Mexico. The largest species of all is Thelocactus rinconensis, which is found in Nueva Leon and Coahuila.
Echeverias, commonly called “hens and chicks”, are widely appreciated by California gardeners, both as potted plants and as bedding plants. Many of them have neat flower-like rosettes of leaves, and this is certainly true of Echeveria colorata, from the vicinity of Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Encephalartos horridus is a slow-growing plant which can live for centuries and it is much prized in horticulture for its stunning blue leaves. The leaves of Encephalartos horridus are several feet long and arch outward from the growing point. Each one has a cylindrical mid-rib, with spiky leaflets jutting out to either side.